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Policy Brief

In an effort to reduce distortions to freer mobility of low-skilled labor, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) program has implemented this research project to collect migration cost data comparable across select migrant corridors and to determine how much migrant workers pay to obtain foreign jobs and how migration costs vary across corridors. The results of the KNOMAD survey of the costs incurred by migrants passing through the Philippine-Qatar migration corridor are the subject of this report. In summary, the results shed light on the amount and composition of worker-paid migration costs and identify cost items that can be reduced with appropriate policies and through cooperation among countries. This report can guide the global migration community in addressing the reduction of migration costs

This brief provides a background on portability of long term entitlements for international migrants particularly of non-Asian member-economies of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Recognizing the importance of a skilled workforce to attain productive, innovative and competitive industries, many industry stakeholders have identified human resource development (HRD) as a key cross-sectoral issue of concern for Philippine industrialization. In view of this, the Board of Investments (BOI) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has requested the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to spearhead the crafting of HRD plans that will complement the roadmaps formulated by industries. In pursuing the purpose of this paper, namely, to guide and inform policymakers in developing a DOLE framework and action plan to deal with the HRD issues of industries, this paper aims to carry out a review of existing HRD planning practices or HRD frameworks in the Philippines or in select Asian countries, with special interest on members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).